Keyhaven is ideally located in the western most end of the Solent and boasts a large sheltered river which then opens up into a wide bay in the shadow of Hurst Castle. This area offers a fantastic place for dinghy sailing and particularly racing as the bay is protected from the prevailing south westerly wind which keeps the chop down.
We run a full schedule of racing at Keyhaven Yacht Club and welcome members from other Clubs to come and join us for up to 6 times a year. There are two classes, the Open Class or fast handicap and the Scow Class or slow handicap. Racing is usually outside the river in the bay and started from a committee boat but our Wednesday evening racing starts from our river line. We have a large fleet of Scows and a great mix of Open Class boats with Finn’s, Lasers, Laser 2000’s & a few Blaze’s as well.
We run five series per year Spring, Early Summer, Late Summer, Autumn and Wednesday Evenings as well as a number of regatta’s including Easter, the Commodores Cup and the legendary Keyhaven Week which is a festival of family focused racing and sailing. For more detail on all our events please look at the calendar for HW & start times.
For Keyhaven YC sailing instructions for 2017 please check the link below.
A link to the support Boat roster can be found here
33 Finns travelled to Keyhaven on a forecast of sunny blue skies and light winds but with the hope of a sea breeze that so often occurs in this part of the Solent. With all the boats returning from Barbados many competitors collected their boats from Portsmouth en-route to Keyhaven which is tucked just inside the Solent and has a great sailing area protected by Hurst Castle.
Great Conditions for the First of the Early Summer Series
Sunday 7th May saw the start of the Early Summer Series with 12 boats in the open class and 4 scows for a 9am start in a gentle 10-12 knots of wind coming from the North.
Race officer Rob Langley set a triangle/sausage course for the first race to hopefully give the Laser’s and Finn’s equal preference.